ReactorPanel® Saddles have evolved over the years, that’s a good thing when it comes to identifying your ReactorPanel Saddle and dating them. All genuine Roe Richardson ReactorPanel and Reactorpanel saddles have the distinctive cantle badge and all but the very early ones are individually numbered.
The original, 1st generation saddles were made by Roe Richardson Company Ltd from the late 1990’s to around 2000, the first of these saddles were conversions, both of Orthoflex and later other brands of saddle. Although a lot of custom saddles were made during this time they usually bear the stags head logo on the cantle and Nailheads. Some of the very early models are not numbered, on later Roe Richardson ReactorPanel®s the numbers can be found on the back of the cantle or on the later saddles in the middle of the sweat flap. a common model being the Classic dressage, see picture on the left.
Although the Reactorpanel saddle is easily adjusted using different size discs and shimms when required we do not adjust the trees on these older saddles.
The post Roe Richardson, ReactorPanel® Saddle Company saddles will all have the RP logo on the back of the cantle and stamped onto the sweat flap, the 4 digit identification number can be found underneath, we have however retained the stags head nailhead. Numbering is sequential and currently in the mid 2000s.Although early jumping and dressage saddles were made in plain leather they have been made almost exclusively in memel since 2009. These 2nd generation ReactorPanel saddles were still manufactured in Walsall England and were made for and sold by Dean from 2000 to 2012, These saddles were and still are available from the ReactorPanel Saddle Company LLC for the American Market.
3rd generation saddles are lighter weight and have been available since mid 2011 but will be made with the new logo from the launch at the World Endurance Championship at Euston park August 2012.
All Genuine ReactorPanel Saddles were registered on our database when originally sold so feel free to contact us if you would like specific information on your saddle, please note we will need the identification number or the name and address of the person who originally purchased it from us in order to look it up.